This Saturday marks the 5th time a Cage Warriors event has been held in the Newport Centre in Wales. It’s obvious this building is becoming a staple for the promotion. Here’s our ‘Ones to Watch’ ahead of Cage Warriors 83:
(Featherweight) Konmon Deh vs Jack Shore:
Konmon Deh is currently 9 – 3 – 0; the Frenchman is known for going the distance but only a few weeks ago he picked up a TKO win in the second round over Elliot Jenkins. Jack Shore is easily the fan favourite, undefeated, his record stands at 4 – 0 – 0 as a pro but also has an impressive amateur record of 12 – 0 – 0. He has also fought on every Cage Warriors event in Newport, so he will have a following. If it goes the distance it’s anyone’s fight, if it goes to the ground, you would have to give the advantage to Shore as 11 of his 16 wins have been via submission, he also has youth on his side with Deh being 10 years the senior on his opponent.
(Welterweight) Mohsen Bahari vs Giovanni Melillo:
Bahari is one of the more seasoned CWFC fighters who made his debut with the promotion at CWFC 7. The Norwegian has a record that stands at 9 – 3 – 0 and is more of an all-rounder who can beat you on the ground, standing up or going the distance. His opponent, Melillo, is however making his CWFC debut and has a record that stands at 7 – 1 – 0 with 5 of those 7 wins been by KO. Bahari has more experience but has also has ring rust as he hasn’t fought since September of last year where he picked up a win over Ali Arish, after a year and a half of not having a fight.
(Bantamweight) Gavin Kelly vs Josh Reed:
Making his CWFC return, Kelly has a professional MMA record that stands at 7 – 3 – 0, he is an all-round fighter and is currently on a 2 fight win streak. Josh Reed is so far undefeated and a submission specialist. The Welshman has a professional record that stands at 6 – 0 – 0, 4 of his 6 wins by submission all in the first round. He will also be a fan favourite as his only two appearances for the promotion have been in the Newport Centre. Kelly has not fought in little over a year, while Reed hasn’t fought since October of 2016. Both men will undoubtedly have ring rust, Kelly will want to keep this fight standing up.
(Lightweight) Soren Bak vs Scott Clist:
Bak is 24 and currently on a record that stands at 7 – 1 – 0, with 4 wins by submission, 2 by rear naked and 2 by triangle. His opponent Scott Clist has a record of 9 – 3 – 0, with 6 wins been by KO, 5 of which happened in the second round. Both men like a finish and not a decision and both need a win. Bak lost his last fight but is making his CWFC debut. While, Clist is 38 and also lost his last fight. If it’s standing up, it’s Clist’s, if it’s on the ground it’s Bak’s.
(Main Event) (Welterweight) Che Mills vs Lewis Long:
Finally, we end with what promises to be a hard-hitting contest. Mills, who is a former UFC fighter and a Cage Rage Welterweight champion has a record of 16 – 9 – 3, he is clearly the more experienced of the 2 and is known for quick KO’s, one time knocking out Manuel Garcia in 9 seconds. His opponent, Lewis Long who is the younger of the 2 has a record of 14 – 4 – 0 and known more for his submissions in particular, he is a big fan of the rear naked choke. He currently is on a 2 fight win streak picking up a big scalp recently when he defeated Ryan Scope on Made 4 The Cage. Mills, who after his last 6 fights has been 1 – 4 – 1. Mills needs a win to up his stock again. Based on recent showings by both men this is has fight of the night written all over it.
*Card subject to change
That’s our breakdown, if you’re in Newport, enjoy the show, or you can watch the whole thing on the UFC Fight Pass platform. Let us know your comments below, on Facebook and Twitter and as always check back at whoatv.com for more news and updates.